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The Book Thief
Author: Zusak, Markus
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1939-1945
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: Germany
Topics: WWII
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Upper Middle Grade, Young Adult
Format: Novel
Published: 2007


World History > Modern Age > WWII

When Death has a story to tell, you listen.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

Emily's Review

It occurs to me that despite calling this my favorite book, I've never written a review. I think it's one of those books that I just struggle to talk about without it becoming a gushfest. It is, in my opinion, a perfect book. The characters are all so vivid that by the end of the story I feel like they are real people. I loved Death as the narrator, because who better to tell a story about World War 2 than Death?

This book makes me sob, no matter how many times I read it, no matter how much the author prepares me from the beginning of the tale for what's to come. I love Liesel, and Hans, and Rosa, and Rudy...I've legitimately made myself cry just writing this brief review. So go. Read the book. I promise, even despite the tears, it is worth it.

"I am haunted by humans."

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